Press Release: Auckland Primary Principals’ Association
After significant deliberation, APPA recommends that its members cease to attend any training around the implementation of the National Standards. APPA believes that the government’s National Standards policy is irreconcilably flawed, confused and unworkable. The standards are not in fact standards and therefore cannot be moderated to provide valid, reliable and consistent achievement data.
APPA reminds the Prime Minister and Minister of Education that the key issues concerning National Standards as raised by leading New Zealand academics in an open letter dated 19 November 2009 remain unanswered. The academics stated that the National Standards system ‘will not achieve intended goals and are likely to lead to dangerous side effects”. …
If these fundamental issues are not addressed, APPA will need to take further action.
It’s good to see teachers putting the welfare of the children first, and refusing to participate in a process which will do no conceivable good, and may do considerable harm. Dunedin, Invercargill, Auckland – who’s next?
Update: According to Morning Report this morning, Canterbury, Northland and other regions may be following Auckland…